Hi y’all! Happy Saturday! I hope your day has been going well. You’re welcome to a new episode of The Spotlight. Last week, I featured a post by an Agnostic about God and David and David’s child by Bathesheba. An interesting discussion with the Authour followed. Do check it out in case you missed it.
Today, we are looking at the Church and Spiritual Abuse. By now, most of you should know my story, and know that I am presently unaffiliated with a Church. The lady whose post I am sharing also has a story of past abuse from the Church, and she uses her blog to share poetry and insightful pieces that help her and others to heal. I’ve been following her blog for a long time, and I would recommend it to any one else who may have had a bad experience with the Church, but are still walking with Jesus and seeking fellowship with other Believers.
She goes by the name Liz Tinnea, and blogs at www.ourunseenhope.com. Her tagline reads “Surviving Abuse In The Church”. The post I am spotlighting today is called “The Church After Spiritual Abuse“. It is a simple, personal piece about how she is moving on since the abuse she went through at her previous Church, and how the hardest part of the abuse was the loss of the Church Family which inevitably followed it. I can relate to her experience of loss, and the weariness to trust again. In a way, you are never the same after, but maybe you can be better for it!
Here is an excerpt from the post. Do visit and read the whole post, like, share and drop a comment as you feel led.
Recently, the pastor of the church our family has been visiting asked a simple question on social media looking for responses. He asked what is a church?
I realized as I read the question, that thinking about what the church is hits a painful place in my soul. There was a time I loved the church and what it represented. I looked forward to attending. I enjoyed serving and teaching. But most of all I valued the close relationships that had developed over time in the church.
If you’ve read the rest of my story, you know our family wasn’t able to stay in the church where we were spiritually abused even after the pastor was deposed. Even though some of the leaders in the church offered to help our family heal, there was too much damage and too many lies for us to stay.
So, have you read it? Can you relate? Have you have a bad experience at Church? Did you have to leave the Church, or were you able to work through it and maintain fellowship? How have you been able to heal and continue your Faith walk or did the experience cause you to lose faith?
Jesus said that trespasses will surely come, so we have to know that even in the Church, hurt will come. But what can the Church do to make sure that those who are hurt are not further hurt by negligence nor shaming, but receive the support to heal, trust and love again? Is this really a problem for the Church (an external entity or authourity besides ourselves) or for the individuals who make up the Church to resolve?
Let’s talk it over. If you are going through an issue at the moment, don’t be shy to email firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not be able to do much to help your situation, but I can listen, encourage and pray for you.
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